2009年12月16日星期三

deMOON mkII design / nifflas'sample maker

Been busy with various works, musical or not. Bought 2 books by Stephen Hawking aimed to figure out what my classmates were reading back in high school (maniacal with music so totally NO books back then), but got no time to read.

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Programmed a few more patches yesterday night on the deMOON. It is totally unruled. There is A LOT of quirks in there. The distrotion section and minigran can make it sounds like a "circuit-bend" device! WUNDERBAR!

The only thing I hope from it now is a deMOON mkII, I have my design here:
1) a few more buttons on the interface for navigation around;
2) 4 part multitimbral;
3) 4 tracks step sequencers, one per voice, pattern based. Some parameters can be set per step (ctrl1-ctrl3 for e.g.). And a song sequencer to arrange patterns - similar to the nanoloop sequencer;
4) runs on battery.

This will totally rule. And I guess it also will be very popular as glithnerd/chipheads' portable music device.

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A vsti in the KVR challenge let me know the 4 cycle synth. It is a little sample maker, which has some interesting designs:

It allows users to make samples by choosing 4 different waveforms, one after another, then several tricks like ring mod can be added to them, finally export the result in a small .wav file - simple! but useful.

It already comes to my mind that the Elektron Monomachine mkII users can enjoy it.

The real interesting part for me is here: it's made by nifflas. The author of the games: Within a Deep Forest/Knytt/Knytt stories!

I've played them all and loved them a lot. They've made to be simple, pixel art style, with beautiful background picture and music, challenging game play and interesting level design. There is even one level editor for the Knytt stories.

I am a big fan of his games, and knowing that he made a little "synth" can make me feel happy like a little girl.

Regards,
/M.Q.

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